Kagero | Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa (Oscar), Vol. II

Reviewed by Kevin Williams

Publisher: Kagero
Author(s): Dariusz Paduch
Publishing Date: 2022
ISBN: 978-83-66673-93-9
Pages: 80

This, the follow-on from volume one from Kagero (typical of several Monograph series, specifically where WWII aircraft are involved), is predominantly black & white photos of the venerable Ki-43 Hayabusa (Oscar), showing various aspects of the Oscar on the ground, some of which are captured examples, and some of abandoned/derelict air-frames, as well as "in action" shots. Captured fairly well, are the extensively battered/worn paint finishes, a fairly frequent occurrence, and something that has mesmerized modelers for years, and can help create a wonderful looking model, if one so chooses. While certainly not a walk around type reference, nonetheless an excellent choice for those that may be interested in adding some nice Oscar reference to the ol' book collection, as I most certainly will be doing.

The artwork that is provided, all consisting of from color profiles, is accompanied by numerous very nice looking black & white photos.

Obviously, kits are available in our scale, of the Ki-43, but unfortunately, no upgraded kits, not for years now anyway; perhaps we'll yet see Hasegawa, Revell or the like, come to the rescue here one day. Representative color artwork associated with various schemes/squadrons (in single profile illustrations, with a couple of plan views), are also provided.


As is evident, the photos represent a cross section of captured machines, as well as some Japanese wartime photos, and color profiles.

For any and all fans of the somewhat iconic Oscar (and who isn't), this book is just bound to please.


Topping out at a respectable 80 pages of iconic Oscar coverage, it is very much recommended. This book, being Volume II, delivers yet more neat coverage of the Hayabusa (Oscar).

My review copy compliments of Casemate Publishers. Thanks a ton to Casemate, it's a truly nifty piece of reference work, and one that will surely be of interest to any aviation enthusiast/modeler that has a passion for the much beloved Ki-43.

© Kevin Williams 2022

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This review was published on Wednesday, August 03 2022; Last modified on Sunday, August 07 2022